Business summit panelists stress practicality to slow flu spread

first_img “There are detectable levels at the tail end of infection,” he said, “but it is not very transmissible.” Another CDC policy that was deemed reasonable by the panel was the recommendation to allow people to remain at work when they have sick family members. The important thing, according to CIDRAP Medical Director Kristine Moore, MD, MPH, is to continually balance limiting transmission and being reasonable about letting work continue. The 2-day conference, “Keeping the World Working during the H1N1 Pandemic: Protecting Employee Health, Critical Operations, and Customer Relations,” is sponsored by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and wraps up today. In terms of providing a good health check to monitor their employees’ health, Druckman emphasized that no perfect solution exits. Rather, he stressed the importance of establishing a proportional plan or one that is targeted to a very specific situation. “This goes way beyond any support from the evidence,” he said. Sept 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – To mask or not to mask, hand washing versus hand sanitizers, how long to stay away from the workplace if sick with novel H1N1 influenza, tips for travel—these were some of the issues addressed in a panel discussion yesterday during a business preparedness summit in Minneapolis. A more controversial prevention tool is wearing masks or respirators. “A religious war goes on between face mask people and respiratory people,” said Merlin, “and it will go on for awhile.” Merlin, deputy director of the CDC’s Influenza Coordination Unit, said that, although the virus can be shed at low levels for 7 to 10 days after onset of symptoms, transmission is much more likely when viral shedding is high, within the first day or so after symptom onset. Despite the controversy in the United States about masks, Druckman pointed out the need to recognize culture differences and cited the prevalence of masks worn by people in Asian countries, as well as in Mexico during the spring wave of the H1N1 outbreak. In providing employers answers to vexing questions about preventing transmission of the H1N1 virus in the workplace, the panel emphasized scientifically grounded yet practical responses. According to Merlin, loose-fitting surgical masks provide a barrier over the nose and mouth and prevent a person from touching the nose and mouth and transferring the virus that way, but they do not reliably filter out small particles. As such, they are not considered needed in the general population. The only recommendation by the CDC is the use of a face-fitted N-95 respirator for healthcare workers who work with patients who have influenza and may transmit the virus, he said. Companies, he said, need to provide tools to their employees for handling a number of issues that may arise. Challenges not only include the actual health risks in other parts of the world, but the possibility that employees who travel may be stranded or quarantined in another country. Another issue is how to handle people who are re-entering the workplace after returning from traveling to a potential outbreak region.center_img Depending on circumstances, he said, answering a health questionnaire may be enough to satisfy safety concerns, whereas in a more severe situation, temperature screening may be necessary. Merlin agreed. “Perception clearly drives a lot of decision making,” he said. Underlying all of this is the need for the company to be perceived as doing something to safeguard its employees. “It is a bit like security in an office building,” he said. It is important that global companies have a consistent message for all of their employees who travel, he emphasized. Merlin summed up simple behaviors that, taken together, can provide a strong chance for prevention. “None of the interventions are perfect. But a reasonable policy of sick people staying at home, reasonable advice on hand and cough hygiene, a vaccination policy, and good education, you end up with a combination quite powerful.” Addressing whether guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that people sick with the H1N1 flu should stay out of the workplace until 24 hours after their fever has passed without medication use still holds true in light of recent reports that people can shed the virus up to 10 days, the CDC’s Toby Merlin, MD, said it does. For people at high risk of developing complications from infection of the virus, such as pregnant women, educating them about the importance of symptom recognition and quick action with a consultation with a physician and antiviral therapy is particularly critical. “The most important thing is educating people and helping people understand what the symptoms are and how it is transmitted, so as soon as they develop symptoms, it is their responsibility to take themselves out of the workplace,” said Moore. “There is a slippery slope problem when it comes to masks,” said Merlin, adding that the recommendation by the CDC for the use of a respirator in a particular circumstance has led some people to think that respirators are needed for other situations as well, say for a bus driver who comes in contact with the public. Nuts and bolts of preventionAmong the simple steps people can take to prevent transmission are washing hands or using hand sanitizers, according to the panel. Moore emphasized that both are good options, but with the caveat that hand washing requires at least 20 seconds of washing and not a simple water splash and that hand sanitizers work best on hands that are not physically dirty. Tips for travelFor Myles Druckman, MD, vice president of medical services for the Americas region with International SOS Assistance, the initial outbreak of novel H1N1 in Mexico in April brought to the forefront travel health and issues involved in managing a global workforce.last_img read more

Plans afoot for Brian Lara stadium to host 2017 Hero CPL opening ceremony

first_imgTHERE are reportedly plans for the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, South Trinidad to host the opening ceremony of the 2017 HERO Caribbean Premier League.The incomplete stadium had been sitting idle for the past few years but for the past year the current government resumed work to complete the facility that was named after that country’s most famous cricketer, the Trinidad Guardian reported.Once complete the government is expected to bid for the opening ceremony of the CPL which will coincide with the official opening of the stadium in July 2017.“The stadium is owned by the government and, of course, the owners of the CPL will be looking to use it because it would be cheaper than the Oval,” a source told the Guardian.“The venue is world class for what it offers in terms of ‘live’ broadcast and this will be a great fit for the CPL which is called the greatest party in sport when it comes to the game’s T20 format.”According to the newspaper, CPL rents the Queen’s Park Oval for an average of US$40,000 per day and now the government can use the facility to negotiate with the organizers to have more matches played in T&T.The stadium has been at the centre of controversy involving significant cost overruns which resulted in construction being halted for several years.last_img read more

Kofi Asare Brako(Abatey) named Okwahu United Ambassador

first_imgThe Board of Directors of former Ghana Premier League side, Okwawu United FC has appointed renowned sports broadcast journalist, Kofi Asare Brako (KAB) popularly known as ‘Abatay’ and a member of the Multimedia group as the club’s Ambassador ahead of the club’s middle league campaign.According to a  press release issued and signed by the Director of Communication and Marketing of the club, Charles Boahene;“The Board of Directors of Okwawu United FC wishes to announce to our cherished Asaase Aban supporters and the general public that, per our quest to return the club to Ghana’s elite league come 2014/15 football season, we have appointed Mr. Kofi Asare Brako (Abatay) as the club’s “AMBASSADOR” for our middle league campaign dubbed “GET OKWAWU GO”.”I will try and give my best for this cause and look forward to the future where Okwawu United would come into the premier laegue and stay there for good,” Kofi said.Later last year the  Multimedia sports presenter (Asempa FM), Kofi Asare Brako, was appointed by the renowned beverage company, Coca Cola as one of its ambassadors for the continent’s FIFA World Cup trophy tour.Kofi Asare Brako is a seasoned radio sports presenter whose career spans over 15 years in the sports broadcasting industry. He worked with Peace FM for nine years between 1999 and 2008 before joining Adom FM as a Senior Sports Broadcast Journalist where he has been till date. At the moment he is the Sports Editor of Adom FM and Asempa FM, and also the host of the sports morning show Ultimate Show on Asempa FM on weekdays between 6am and 10am Thanks to his role as a sports presenter, Abatay has covered many international sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup twice in Germany and South Africa, the African Cup of Nations from 2000 till date, 2007 All African Games in Algeria, 2009 African Nations Championships in Cote D’Ivoire as well as the 2011 African Nations Championships in Sudan.He has covered several international football assignments in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and Saudi Arabia involving the various national soccer teams. He has travelled to many African countries including South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia, Lybia, South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, Rwanda and Morocco to report on sporting activities.Okwawu United have also appointed Coach Sarfo Castro as the Technical Adviser for the upcoming middle league competition. It is believed Castro’s appointment would help Okwawu United FC position itself strategically to achieve its goals.last_img read more

Donna Wilson, 78, teacher, Caldwell: Nov. 17, 1934 – Nov. 10, 2013

first_imgDonna WilsonDonna Kathryn Wilson died Sunday, November 10, 2013 seven days before her 79th birthday at her residence in Caldwell.  She was the fifth child born to William Clarence and Linda Elizabeth Selma Norris on November 17, 1934.Donna spent her early childhood on a farm near Rome, after being dropped off by gypsies (as her siblings always claimed).  As the story goes she was traded for a truck load of chickens!  They moved to Wellington when she was a small girl where she attended Wellington Schools.  During the war the family lived close to the railroad tracks.When the troops came through Wellington Donna amused herself and tried to make a little extra money by trying to sell some of her older sisters stuff.  The troops were hoping to catch a glimpse of her pretty teenage sister.  That plan failed, however, because Betty was not amused!In 1955 Donna married Jerry Wilson; this marriage blessed them with three children.  After graduation from Wellington High School, Donna worked for a while at Boeing.  After moving to Caldwell she attended cosmetology school and owned and operated the Border Queen beauty shop.  Eventually she began taking classes at Cowley County Community College, Southwestern College and Wichita State University earning her teaching degree in 1975.  She taught elementary school in Caldwell and later at Kennedy elementary in Wellington before retiring in 1997.She loved teaching and watching the children learn and discover.  She made many lifelong friends during this time.  After retiring she stayed busy substitute teaching, babysitting grandchildren, and attending their many activities.  She was a member of the Corbin United Methodist Church where she could always be counted on to volunteer for whatever was needed.  She also volunteered at the Caldwell Public Library, Joy Express, and Provide a Ride.Donna’s children remember her as a very patient and kind mother.  She never raised her voice and taught them to be good people, not only through her words but through her actions as well.  She was a wonderful cook and seamstress, sewing many prom, bridesmaids dresses, and Kelly’s wedding dress.  Her grandchildren also have many fond memories of times spent with their grandma; picking out new dress up gowns at the thrift store, feeding the ducks, fishing, playing wahoo (marbles), among many others.  Many fun trips were taken, including San Antonio and Colorado Springs.Memories made on these trips will last a lifetime!  She always made each one feel special and if you had a minute to listen she would tell you how smart they all were!  She never missed a birthday and her great-grandchildren looked forward to getting cards in the mail so they could add a quarter to their piggy banks!Donna’s large family has many good memories of times spent together.  Some of her best times were spent playing cards and dominoes with Betty, Bill, Dick, and Jolene.  She loved getting together with the large Norris clan, the Christmas celebrations were always very special to her!Donna is survived by her children Steve (Tanya) Wilson of Mayfield, Kelly Shoffner (Jeff) of Wichita and Jan (Rob) Wencel of Caldwell.  Grandchildren Eric Shoffner, Alyson (Chad) Ross, Kristin (Cody) White, Adam Shoffner, Jordyn Rice, Chelsi Wilson, Blake Rice, Jessy Wencel, Skyler Wencel (Zach), and Sam Wencel.  Great-grandchildren Max Ross, Karsyn White, Avi Kathryn Atkins, Hank Ross, Camden White, and Adalynn Mendez.  Brothers, William George Norris, Harold Richard Norris and sister Betty McMillan, all of Wellington.  She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and many, many friends.  Donna was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Evelyn Helen.A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Corbin United Methodist Church, Corbin, Kansas.A memorial graveside service will be held  2:00 pm Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington, Kansas.Memorials may be made to the Corbin United Methodist Church or Caldwell Public Library.To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.infoArrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell, Kansas.last_img read more

Watch: PSG fans abusing unprofessional Neymar in their opening Ligue 1 match

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/AFPAdvertisement zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9cweWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eggak( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6qowoWould you ever consider trying this?😱v1Can your students do this? 🌚ne54Roller skating! Powered by Firework Neymar Jr, the Paris Saint Germain wantaway who’s several attempts to secure an exit from France have went futile this window. Now, the fans have started chanting slangs against the Brazilian, along with banners, asking the player to get out.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/AFPWhile the forward has been desperate to move away from France, the Parisians supporters had grown a serious distaste for their club starman, which expressed during PSG’s season opening match at Parc des Princes today.Even though Neymar did not start the match, the stands were rallying with slogans such as “Neymar, hijo da puta” which means in English: “Neymar, you son of a b***h”.Advertisement Football HQ uploaded a footage on their Twitter. Check it out below-PSG fans are chanting: “Neymar, hijo da puta” which translates to “Neymar, you son of a bitch” in their first game of the season — Football HQ (@FootbaII_HQ) August 11, 2019Hoardings were also seen in the stands, which read: “Neymar, buzz off!”The 27 year old has tried all sorts of methods to get a transfer to Spain, from WhatsApp texts such as “Take me back to Barça” and “Don’t worry, I am coming” to his father and former Barça teammates, to a direct approach to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi regarding his dislike for the Ligue 1 atmosphere.According to reports from Sunday Times suggested that Neymar recently asked Lionel Messi to persuade the Catalan club to attempt a move for him. However, the forward is yet to receive an offer.The match was won smoothly by PSG, as Edinson Cavani opened up the scoresheet from the spot in the first half, and Kylian Mbappé and Ángel Di María netted two goals in the second half. The final score was 3-0. Advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli likely to attend Advisory Committee- BCCI meeting over coach issue

first_imgThe Cricket Advisory Committee – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – will meet the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the coach issue in London on Friday afternoon.Importantly, India captain Virat Kohli is expected to be in the meeting as well.Reports of a rift between Kohli and current coach Anil Kumble had surfaced soon after the BCCI issued an advertisement for the next coach. But the Indian board maintained it was only following procedures and processes.Ganguly, Laxman and Tendulkar, who had roped in Kumble as coach for a one-year period in 2016 in place of Ravi Shastri, have firmly backed the legendary leg-spinner to continue.India Today had reported last week that the CAC had asked for more time and wanted to hold discussions with BCCI and Kohli. The India captain has of course dismissed any news of rifts with the coach as mere rumour.Kumble, meanwhile, will travel with the team to the West Indies for a limited-overs series comprising five ODIs and a one-off T20 International after the end of the Champions Trophy.last_img read more